IDLES are set to raffle off one guitar amp in honor of the #SaveOurVenues trust, after The Music Venue Trust highlighted 30 grassroots venues that are still in danger of closure.
After many venues around the UK received their first share of the £1.57Billion Cultural Recovery fund earlier this year, yet many smaller venues did not receive any of the grant.
To support these venues during these tough times, IDLES have put on a raffle consisting of the Hiwatt Guitar Amp used during the Abbey Road “Lock In” Livestreams, and a Hiwatt Guitar Head.
The raffle is only £5 to enter, and each entry is also given a listening code to join a listening party for their most recent live album “Live at Ramsgate Hall”, announced back in June to save the venue.
“We would have been in the middle of gigging season right now, where grassroots music venues and musicians make their bread and butter, they need your support now more than ever.
Grassroots music venues are where music progresses, they are the places where future festival headliners start out, its where the music on the fringes gets an opportunity to grow and turn into popular music of the future, they are places of escapism and to speak to our times, make us think of the world around us. They are our culture.
Our government derides independence in culture and especially the music industry, this short-sighted view of culture and its economy will be all of our undoing’s. Support an independent venue/artist/movement where you can.”
Only 89% of England’s grassroots venues received a share of the grant, meaning that Venues included in the new list of 30 in danger include London venues The Lexington and the Brixton Windmill, The Venue in Derby, The Railway Inn in Winchester, The Gellions in Inverness and The Lantern in Halifax.
Written By Mars Smith